NAI’s Student Showcase identifies and celebrates exceptional student inventors and serves as the premier arena to cultivate partnerships among the brightest minds in academic innovation, from across the nation and around the world. Held at our Annual Conference, the Student Showcase is designed to give students the chance to exhibit their innovation and connect with experts in their fields. By being featured in the showcase, student teams have the opportunity to network with, learn from, and present their innovation to world-class inventors and meeting attendees. The Student Showcase also allows student presenters to receive direct feedback on their innovations, as well as opportunities to be mentored by NAI Fellows and Senior Members.  Student teams are encouraged to continue the connections made during the Annual Meeting through our GAIN Mentorship Program, where they can continue to receive professional guidance from experts at NAI Member Institutions.

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As part of the Student Showcase, NAI and our partner, the Genspiration Foundation, will be launching two new awards to be presented at our 2024 Student Showcase. The Genspiration Foundation is committed to recognizing student inventors and providing support and mentorship to further advance their ability to translate their innovations to make positive societal and economic impacts. For the official press release on the announcement, click here. To learn more about the awards, visit the Genspiration Prize page.

Student teams selected will attend and present their innovation at our 13th Annual Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2024.

 

A complimentary student only ticket to the Gala Reception will be available to team members who wish to attend. For further details, please contact Casey Gorman at [email protected].

For questions about the Student Showcase program, please contact Diana Jerome at [email protected].

K-12 Eligibility and Requirements

  • The Genspiration Prize is open to individuals and teams. If applying as a team, the team lead and two additional team members may attend the Annual Conference.
  • Students must be enrolled in a K-12 academic institution. 
  • Students must have placed as a finalist with their current invention in a previous regional or national competition. 
  • Students will need a letter of support from their local affiliate.
  • Student individuals or teams must express an interest in the advancement of their innovation through patenting, licensing or commercialization.
  • The presented innovation must be relevant to the Annual Conference theme: Unlocking Innovation: Keys to Societal Solutions. 

University Eligibility and Requirements

    • The Genspiration Prize is open to individuals and teams. If applying as a team, the team lead and two additional team members may attend the Annual Conference.
    • Collegiate inventors must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral program of a NAI Member Institution. Check our Member Directory for a full list of Member Institutions.
    • Collegiate inventors will need an endorsement of support from their faculty advisor.
    • Student teams must express interest in the advancement of their innovation through patenting, licensing, or commercialization. 
    • The presented innovation must be relevant to the Annual Conference theme: Unlocking Innovation: Keys to Societal Solutions 

2023 Student Showcase

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